Ten Things to Keep Your Senior Pet Healthy

posted: by: Animal & Bird Clinic Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Like people, individual dogs and cats age differently.  However, there are steps you can take to ensure that your pets stay healthy and happy as they age.  While most of these are good advice for any pet, they become more important as your pet ages.

  • Establish a relationship with your veterinarian. For most older pets, it is advised to see the vet every six months.
  • Become informed about the conditions common to older pets. Be alert to symptoms, and bring them to your vet's attention promptly.
  • Feed your older pet the best food you can afford; consider feeding him a home-prepared diet and two small meals daily rather than one large one.
  • Don't overfeed your pet. Obesity will create health problems and shorten his life.
  • Consider the use of supplements such as Missing Link, Dasuquin and Welactin
  • Give your senior pet adequate exercise, but adjust it to her changing abilities.
  • Attend to your pet's dental health. Brush her teeth daily and have them cleaned professionally regularly.
  • Tell your vet you wish to have your pet vaccinated only once every three years, as currently advised by the major veterinary colleges.
  • Be diligent in controlling fleas and ticks, and other internal parasites and keep your pet and his environment scrupulously clean.
  • Most Importantly: Make your senior pet as much a part of your life as possible, and do all you can to keep him interested, active, happy and comfortable.